- A hereditary pattern has been shown.
- Exact causes are unknown.
Which of these two children suffers from ADD or ADHD; the hyperactive boy who talks nonstop and can’t sit still or the quiet dreamer who sits at her desk and stares off into space? Well, the truth is that they both do. The boy suffers from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and the girl from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).
How do you know that you are dealing with an ADHD sufferer? Here are some pointers:
- They are in constant motion. They squirm and fidget when sitting. They do not seem to listen. They have trouble playing quietly. They can often talk excessively. They interrupt or intrude on others. They are easily distracted. They do not finish tasks.
- Your child with ADD will exhibit some of these behaviors except for the physical restlessness. They will often be the dreamers in the classroom. Have a look at the chart for more information.
In both cases, these children are educationally at high risk as their ability to learn is seriously affected by their short attention span. Their lack of concentrate will then affect their behavior often leading to confrontations with teachers, peers, siblings and parents. This is very stressful for all concerned. But something can be done.
There is hope! It must be remembered that these children experience high levels of stress as they try to cope with their environment and relationships. They know they are different. This need not be a negative issue. Focusing on what they do well or enjoy can boost their confidence and help them face challenges in life. Often they can be very talented in a specific area.
The type of food eaten by these children is of paramount importance. Stabilization of blood sugar levels is a key element and avoiding foods which are often not tolerated essential. Often these children have food intolerances and or allergies. Colon ecology is then upset due to the high levels of stress, a compromised immune system and the presence of allergies. Using good probiotics can help in this area as well as assisting in the optimum functioning of the brain.
The suggested supplements are a conservative approach to ADD/ADHD but can go a long way in helping stabilize the symptoms so promote learning, reduce stress levels and hopefully improve behaviour.
Remember that other health professionals’ assistance may also be needed to ensure optimal development.
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Stabilizing the blood sugar levels especially in the brain is essential. For most – when under pressure food choices are often haphazard and the last decision to be made. Stabilization of blood sugar levels is imperative for ADD/ADHD sufferers. This unique product assists in just that function. Easy to use and easily transportable it is ideal to be included in any child’s busy day.
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The complications for these children go even further. Many have food intolerances and/or allergies and even food sensitivities. By providing high dosages of probiotics, the colon can be protected from a ‘leaky gut’ scenario which is known to allow the transportation of larger molecules through the gut wall. This may increase the incidence of the food intolerance.
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Due to a compromised gut and high stress levels, the efficient absorption of protein is very difficult. But, protein is essential for good muscle development and muscle maintenance. The structure of the protein molecule in Casein Hydrolysate ensures that the protein is absorbed in the small intestine and not the large. This promotes good nutrition and muscle conservation.
Food intolerances can affect brain function and thus the overall wellbeing of the child.
The overview is to stabilize blood sugar levels, cut out the junk foods and drinks (fruit juices, carbonated drinks etc), coloured foods, foods with high amounts of food additives. Eat correctly by having regular meals based on low GI foods. Make sure that carbohydrates and proteins are had with each meal or snack. This will ensure that blood sugar levels stay balanced.